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On March 3, 2018 at the Hotellerie Franciscaine in Saint Maurice, an OFS Chapter was held for the election of the Regional Council in Switzerland. Present were Attilio Galimberti, OFS, the Minister General’s the delegate and CAS member Fr. Alfred Parambakathu, OFM Conv.

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Consilium Internationale
FAMILY COMMISSION

Jenny Harrington OFS 

CONCLUSIONS OF SYNOD ON THE FAMILY Part III - THE MISSION OF THE FAMILY

Chapter III

The Family and Pastoral accompaniment 

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We continue our work focused on the final report of the synod of the family of October 24, 2015. This following article was prepared by Jenny Harrington ofs, and summarizes the third chapter of PART 3 “The Mission of the Family”, - from 69 to 86 - and relates to the Family and Pastoral Accompaniment

Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis



Consilium Internationale
FAMILY COMMISSION

Silvia Diana OFS

 CONCLUSIONS OF THE SYNOD OF THE FAMILY 

Chapter II
Family, Generativity, Upbringing

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The Transmission of Life


62. The presence of large families in the Church is a blessing for the Christian community and society, because openness to life is an intrinsic requirement of conjugal love. In this regard, the Church expresses her deep gratitude to families who welcome children — especially those who are most weak and vulnerable — raise them, surround them with affection and transmit the faith to them.. […]

K O I N Ō N I A
...together on the journey

CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2017 - 4                                                                            Year 24                                                                                       n. 96                                                                                                       

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LIVING THE FRANCISCAN CHARISM IN TODAY'S WORLD

40 years after the Seraphicus Patriarcha

 

“GO WITH THE GOSPEL IN THE HEART AND IN THE HANDS” [1]:

Franciscan Youth in the World

Fr. Pedro Zitha, OFM

 

INTRODUCTION

By looking at what is happening in today's world it is easy to understand that people need courageous believers who seriously take up their identity as followers of Christ who lives and is present in the life of everyone. Even the emergence of so many Christian movements is a confirmation that many are thirsty for the Word of God. And it is true that people alone and without the help of God are unable to quench this thirst. But people must cooperate effectively and this happens through the contemplation of the Word of God in the Gospel.

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To underline the communion with the Pope, we offer the intention of the Holy Father for the month and an intention for OFS according to the life and important events of the Order. Local Fraternities pray for both.

K O I N Ō N I A
...together on the journey

CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2017 - 3                                                                            Year 24                                                                                       n. 95                                                                                                       

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LIVING THE FRANCISCAN CHARISM IN TODAY'S WORLD

40 years after the Seraphicus Patriarcha

“go forth as witnesses and instruments” (cf. OFS Rule 6)

The Secular Franciscans in the Church and in the world

Fr. Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCap.

Introduction

St. Francis of Assisi so wanted to insert in the Rule a chapter on mission, “for those who go among the Saracens and other Nonbelievers”. The Rule stipulates that: “As for the brothers who go, they can live spiritually among the Saracens and nonbelievers in two ways. One way is not to engage in arguments or disputes but to be subject to every human creature for God’s sake and to acknowledge that they are Christians[1]. So, Francis saw in the simple testimony of Christian life an act of evangelization. The present Rule of life of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS), recovers the Franciscan spirit of the power of witnessing and wants that the preferred apostolate of the Secular Franciscans be “personal witness in the environment in which they live and service for building up the Kingdom of God within the situations of this world[2].

The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is "formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church" (Const. 1,3).

 

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OFS Active presence in the World


A concrete way to live the Rule
Testimonies from brothers and sisters
around the world.

JANUARY 2011
U.S.A.

NAFRA-USA joining with Catholic Relief Services on their Catholics Confront Global Poverty Initiative

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Franciscans International (FI)

Franciscans International is a non-governmental organisation that voices concerns at the United Nations, with and on behalf of the most vulnerable, about justice, poverty and the planet.

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